Action Jackson wrote: Again, the myth is that legal education gives a lawyer some kind of special, magic training that lets them do anything. That just doesn't happen. You see lawyers long term doing all kind of non-legal things because they didn't want to be lawyers anymore, not because they had skills that opened other doors.
AJ, we all agree that a legal education trains you to be an attorney, but some skills developed as an attorney do translate into other occupations. You seem to be a believer in predetermination; that all of us were born to do only one specific job and if someone spends 3 years (because thats what it really boils down to) in LS then they are fuk'd for life if they desire to do something else.
edit: yes, I am a 0L. You keep bringing this up, but how many classes have you taken that teach you anything about the motivations of others attending LS?
I brought up your 0L-ness because 1) you make basic argumentation mistakes, like putting words in my mouth in the quote above (
) and 2) you have a very naive view of legal education.
No, I don't believe in predetermination. It's ridiculous for you to suggest that's what I've been saying. What I have been saying is that a legal education doesn't give you any sort of broad, magic training that is super portable. Once you get to law school you'll see that first hand.
Does this mean lawyers can never change jobs? Of course not. I never said anything of the sort. If you think I wrote that somewhere then you've got major problems. What I have said is that a law degree does not give lawyers anywhere near the magical portability powers the mythos suggests they have. A law degree prepares you to be lawyer. That's it. Outside the law, you're on your own.
And that is why I made the comparison to dentistry. Dentists can argue that they learned problem solving, analytical skills, person-to-person interaction, management skills, etc. If a dentist wants to go off into another field they're starting from the same point a lawyer is -- usually the ground floor. The only reason you don't see mass exodus from dentistry, like you do with law, is because dental school admissions are much, much more stringent than law school admissions are.
Lots of people say "you can do anything with a law degree," and they're right in so far as a law degree is not an absolute bar to doing other things, but a law degree won't *enable* you to do many things outside the legal profession, and in most cases when a law degree does, it is solely because it is seen as a substitute for a poli-sci masters degree (albeit at a much higher cost). It's important that people understand that, because, as is the point of this thread, lots of people unfortunately don't take the time to really think about what they're going to get out of law school, and then end up f*ed up because of it. People do end up regretting their law degrees. Everyone should make sure they're not one of those people.